LBCAC adds new performances for May

Through May 25 

Exhibition: Climate: Air, Earth and Water

April is Earth Month, an extension of the annually recognized Earth Day on April 22. In the 34 years since Earth Day went global, environmental awareness has improved. Our situation has not.

Climate: Air, Earth and Water is on display at LBCAC through May 25. Photographers Jacques Garnier and Tom Lamb are joined by artist Roberto Salas in this special exhibition.

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Melvin Taylor Band – May 10

Friday, May 10, 8 p.m.

Melvin Taylor Band – Chicago Blues

The Sky and Ocean Aren’t the Only Way to See Inspiring Blues in Laguna in 2024.

The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) has stepped up to preserve one of America’s most powerful and influential art forms, by providing a memorable OC haven for national touring blues legends.

The LBCAC offers its intimate listening room, stellar acoustics, state-of-the-art sound system and a host town recognized as one of the nation’s leading arts-centric resort destinations.

With shows that sell out all over the world, Melvin Taylor is one of the greatest guitarists in the history of rock, blues and jazz. He is often referred to as a guitar player’s guitarist.

This self-taught master was influenced by many of history’s true guitar pioneers including Albert King, Jimmy Reed, Wes Montgomery and Jimi Hendrix. He has appeared on the same ticket with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, George Benson, Buddy Guy and BB King.

Taylor was born in 1959 in Jackson, Miss. His musical roots however have always been in Chicago, where he moved with his family when he was 3 years old. The proverbial musical prodigy started playing guitar at age 6. Taylor was influenced and inspired by some of the world’s greatest blues players, many of whom lived in or near his Chicago neighborhood.

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Kobayashi Trio – May 11

Saturday, May 11, 8 p.m.

SoCal Jazz Legends, The Ron Kobayashi Trio

The Ron Kobayashi Trio (with Baba Elefante on bass and Steve Dixon on drums) have been together for 30 years. They have performed with such artists as Mel Torme, Kenny Burrell, Margaret Whiting, Peter Frampton, Tom Scott, Peter White, Roy Hargrove, Frank Stallone and Kansas vocalist John Elefante. Some of the venues they’ve played include the Playboy Jazz Festival Pasadena, the Long Beach Jazz Festival, 54 Below in New York, Disney World in Florida, the Yuma, Arizona Jazz Series, the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Barclay Theater in Irvine.

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Laguna Piano Lover’s Soireé – May 19

Sunday, May 19, 4-7 p.m.

Laguna Piano Lover’s Soireé – A Songbird’s Summit

Celebrating Laguna’s Piano Community

The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) has stepped up to provide an exceptional space for Laguna’s piano-playing community. LBCAC is a preeminent venue for performing artists of both local and international renown. Join us for this gathering of like-minded musicians.

Oscar-winning Director and Producer Barry Levinson graciously donated his exquisite baby grand piano to the Center, ensuring a memorable event.

Special Guest Performances by:

Steve Wood Former member of the 1970s Southern California rock band Honk.

Norman Beede is well known as a musician in the ballet and modern dance world in L.A., Houston and New York as well as in the improvisation scene in Orange County and L.A.

Lyena Atonyicq: LBCAC’s own pianist and opera/piano coach Atonyicq is a concert pianist/coach with a masters in music.

For tickets, click here.

Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center concessions available, not currently ADA accessible, steep stairs only.

LBCAC is located at 235 Forest Ave., Newport Beach.

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